From the delicate black tutu she made as a 12-year-old in Paris to the dramatic floor-length creations she constructs today in her atelier in Yangon, Charlotte Barjou has always bought the magic of the theatre to her designs. For Charlotte, a dress is not just a series of stitches, it is a story woven into fabric – a story that can be retold every time the piece is worn.
Her childhood was spent at the sewing table of her neighbour – a costumier at the world-famous Opéra National de Paris – where Charlotte learnt everything there is to know about dress-making: from delicate stitching to modélisme, the intricate art of draping fabric. From then on, every moment of her spare time was spent creating new designs for her friends and family.
As demand for Charlotte’s designs grew, she opened her own weekly pop-up online shop, La Création du Jeudi (Thursday’s Creations), where she launched one new design every Thursday. But by then, Charlotte knew that she needed to find a place in the world where she could spread her wings, somewhere she could turn her design dream into a reality. So in 2014, she packed her bags in Paris and headed to Myanmar, a country only then just opening up to new opportunities.
Charlotte’s return ticket to Paris was booked for four months later, but after 48 hours in Yangon, she decided to stay, and it was here that her new brand, Charlotte Barjou Design, was born.
Charlotte’s intricate designs require the work of highly skilled artisans: she has recruited a talented team of Myanmar seamstresses and, with help from teachers from Paris, has trained them in the very best of haute couture craftsmanship. Charlotte prefers to use only sustainable fabric which she sources from Paris, Italy and Thailand, as well as using the very best and most beautiful material from her adopted home country of Myanmar.
Charlotte works and lives in Yangon with her husband, Adrien, and baby Jade.
Charlotte is an esteem member and fashion ambassador of the ASEAN Fashion Designer Showcase representing Myanmar.
Min Thu Ryein
A Myanmar fashion designer based in Yangon, Min Thu Ryein was born on July 20, 1990.
Min Thu Ryein started designing clothes as soon as he turned thirteen and has never looked back ever since.
This young self-taught fashion designer, Min Thu Ryein created his eponymous label for traditional Myanmar attire and started his atelier – Maison Min Thu Ryein mode et Design in 2011. With overwhelming orders of clientèles, he started his own production workshop along with 6 full time staff in 2013.
In 2015, Min Thu Ryein was 3rd runner up in Myanmar’s hit reality fashion design show “Style Secret”.
Min Thu Ryein’s work is recognized as being well-made, colourful, playful and inventive. His designs are characterized through inspiration from popular culture. The fashion designer has acquired the likes and admiration of many for his signature twist on classic tailoring and bespoke style.
Min Thu Ryein has always been attracted to fashion – he loved dressing and inventing his own personal style. So far, he is happy with his career as he has done shows, produced collections, dressed up famous and regular clients.
Min Thu Ryein is an esteem member and fashion ambassador of the ASEAN Fashion Designer Showcase representing Myanmar.
Zin Myat Myat Win
Myanmar fashion designer Zin Myat Myat Win, known as Zin Zin simply, was born on 10 February 1991.
She was raised and studied till high school in her home town – Pakokku which is a small city, in Magway State, located in the middle region of Myanmar.
At 16, Zin Zin moved to Mandalay to further her education and graduated from Yadanarbon University Mandalay, majoring in Industrial Chemistry (BSc, IC) in 2010.
As a young person, she had an instinctive appreciation of art and fashion in her heart.
After graduation, she followed her heart and when on to study fashion related courses in Mandalay.
In 2014, Zin Zin joined Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts Singapore, to pursue a fashion design diploma.
In 2017, during her final year graduation show, she won the ‘Ready-To-Wear Award’ and graduated with Diploma in Fashion Design.
In October 2017, Zin Zin was selected as one of the top 10 emerging designers and her collection was presented in Men’s Folio designer competition.
Quite recently in January 2018, she set up her first eponymous boutique – ZIN, in Mandalay, consisting of men’s and women’s wear.
Zin Zin carries out interdisciplinary research and frequently collaborates with different artists to create her uniquely treated creations. She is a relatively young designer stands tall today knowing that she has carved her own territory in the fashion industry where one risky move can make or break a designer.
Zin Zin is an esteem member and fashion ambassador of the ASEAN Fashion Designer Showcase representing Myanmar.
Thet Su Waddy
Thet Su Waddy is a Myanmar designer born in Yangon on November 20th, 1998. She is affectionately known to all by her nickname – Elxie.
Her mother’s clothing atelier had a great influence on Elxe’s life and that is what made her pursue a career in fashion design. After completing her studies in high school, Elxie studied in YUFL for one semester while she prepared to attend fashion university.
In 2016, the 17-year-old Elxie started her formal education in fashion design at Raffles International College. She pursued a Diploma of Fashion Design and Bachelor of Fashion Design (Hons) from Northumbria University that is linked with Raffles Bangkok.
Part of the internship experience during the school years, she worked as backstage managing assistant for Chanel Cruise Show in Bangkok 2018 and assisted Kunming Folk Fashion Week 2019.
Elxie completed her graduation in June 2020 with a Bachelor of Arts with Second Honours Class (Lower Division) from Northumbria University.
The year 2021 witnessed Elxie establishing her own brand, Elxie Atelier that defines her fashion aesthetics and caters to Myanmar’s fashionistas in 20s.
Elxie keen interest in artworks,architecture, and people inspires her to create eye-catching details to infuse into her designs and to create contemporary fashion with a ready-to-wear line for Myanmar’s fast growing fashion market.
Elxie is inspired to keep on working by seeing people in her creations and when she meets a very chic woman who happens to like her designs. This is what motivates her to keep on going.
Elxie is an esteem member and fashion ambassador of the ASEAN Fashion Designer Showcase representing Myanmar.